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January 08, 2014

U.S. Fuel Cell Market Production and Deployment Continues Strong Growth

The Energy Department released three new reports on December 19 showcasing strong growth across the U.S. fuel cell and hydrogen technologies market. According to these reports, the United States continues to be one of the world’s largest and fastest growing markets for fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. In 2012, 80% of total investment in the global fuel cell industry was made in U.S. companies.

With support from the Energy Department, private industry and the Department’s national laboratories have already achieved significant advances in fuel cell and hydrogen technologies—reducing costs and improving performance. These research and development efforts have helped reduce automotive fuel cell costs by more than 50% since 2006 and by more than 30% since 2008. At the same time, fuel cell durability has doubled and the amount of expensive platinum needed in fuel cells has fallen by 80% since 2005.

The first of the three reports, the 2012 Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report, details trends in the U.S. fuel cell and hydrogen technologies market. Development of light-duty fuel cell electric vehicles continues to advance, according to the report, and several large automakers anticipate commercialization by 2017. The States of the States, Fuel Cells in America 2013 report highlights leadership among U.S. states to grow domestic fuel cell manufacturing and deployment. The report recognizes California, Connecticut, New York, Ohio, and South Carolina for leading the country with continued and expanded support for fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. Additionally, the report highlights efforts in Delaware, New Jersey, Texas, and other states to advance fuel cell technologies.

According to the third report, Pathways to Commercial Success: Technologies and Products Supported by the Fuel Cell Technologies Office, the Energy Department's fuel cell research and development efforts over the last decade have resulted in the issuing of more than 450 U.S. patents and the manufacturing of about 40 new commercial technologies in the United States, while supporting 65 new technologies that are expected to reach commercial scale within the next three to five years. See the Energy Department press release and the market analysis reports.